Meaning of “sundial” in the English Dictionary

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"sundial" in British English

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sundialnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈsʌn.daɪl/ us /ˈsʌn.daɪl/


  • As the Sun moved in the sky, the dark shadow on the sundial showed the change of time.
  • Of course, sundials didn’t work when there was no sun – at night or on a cloudy day!
  • The first clock was the sundial.

(Definition of “sundial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sundial" in American English

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sundialnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsʌnˌdɑɪl/

a device that uses the light of the sun to show the time of day

(Definition of “sundial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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